About coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of virus called coronavirus.

There is much that we just don’t know yet about COVID-19. To obtain the best advice relating to you, we suggest talking to your healthcare team about your level of risk and what provisions are being put in place for treatment and/or follow-ups, as well as following government advice.

As information is constantly being updated, we suggest you keep referring to the Government and NHS websites. 

You can also register for the government’s coronavirus information chatbot service, which provides trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the latest government advice. To get started, send a WhatsApp message saying ‘hi’ to 07860 064422.

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General measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

Measures for people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19


General measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the UK the government announced new restrictions. With effect from 23 March, you must:

  • Only leave the house for essential purposes: shopping for basic necessities, any medical need, caring for a vulnerable person, exercise once a day, and work (if you cannot work from home).
  • Work from home where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to your employer's guidance for more information. 
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible. 
  • If you have to go out, keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people.
  • Avoid anyone with possible symptoms of coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough.

This is necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to help the NHS cope.

The government has more information on what you can and can't do during this time.

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Measures for people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19

On 21 March, the UK Government announced that the NHS will directly contact people with conditions that are considered to render them at risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus, in order to provide further advice. People with lymphoma are considered to be in this group. 

If this is the case for you, please refer to our guidance on shielding for people with lymphoma. This information has been drawn from the full update on government advice for people in extremely vulnerable groups

If you think you are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and you have not yet received a letter or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss this with your GP or hospital clinician.

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